Sightlines, London. 2017. Screenprint. 76x57cm
127.5 Miles Walked, Newcastle. 2014. Screenprint. 57x 76cm
A Line Less Walked, Harlow. 2015. 4 colour etching. 76 x 57cm
Self Similarity #1. 2012. Screenprint, 67x64.5cm
Explorer. 2011. Screenprint. 78 x 76cm
6 Sep - 28 Oct 17
Through painting and printmaking Rachael Clewlow has created a visual language that reflects an obsessive attention to detail and a desire to map out her own experiences of the world. In an ongoing series of diaries begun in 2003, she creates rigorous and detailed recordings of her every day movements. Planned abstract journeys taken to explore selected cities and regions sit alongside the mundane routes she takes from A to B. This record becomes a highly personal form of trace and a rich source of data from which Clewlow begins to construct paintings and prints. Drawing from elements of the language of infographics and of cartography, these works also demonstrate an obsession with colour and the formal concerns of abstract painting.
Over the past 6 years Clewlow has created 8 editions of prints, which are shown here together for the first time. Each work represents a series of walks, a performative journey made to explore place through the demands of the related prints. Her most recent screenprint, Sightlines, London (2017) saw Clewlow complete a group of walks in London in an attempt to find routes across the city created by the 13 protected vistas of St Paul's Cathedral and other monuments. Architectural planning restrictions provide Clewlow with a hidden visual structure, which she seeks to make real through the process of walking the streets it traverses below. Sightlines, London (2017) provides the viewer with a 'Map' and 'Key' as the manifestation of this performed experience, charting these new routes as image whilst also speaking of an unknowable, sublime landscape. Through printmaking Clewlow strives to experiment with materials, using elements from her painting practice alongside layering and techniques unique to the printing process.
Clewlow was born in Middlesbrough in 1984 and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. She received a First Class BA Hons from Newcastle University in 2007. Group shows include, A Foreign Encounter, Galerie Foe, Munich, 2015, :Xenotopia, Gibberd Gallery, Harlow, 2015, Chance Finds Us, mima, Middlesbrough, 2014, Tip of the Iceberg, Contemporary Art Society, London, 2013, Walk On, NGCA, Sunderland, touring to various UK galleries, 2013, National Print Biennale, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2007. She was a Prize Winner in the Nationwide Mercury Art Competition, Hospital Gallery, London, 2007. Her work is included in both private and public collections, including The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Forthcoming solo shows include My Paths Are My Ideas of Imagination, Platform A, Middlesbrough, touring to Touchstones, Rochdale.
Images Colin Davison.
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